LawrenceOP-Fan     22.9.2015 06:08
The Catholic Cathedral of Washington DC was begun in 1893 to a design by Christopher Grant LaFarge and was designated a Cathedral in 1939. This is a view of the Sanctuary, and Pope Francis will address the Bishops of the USA from here this week … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     22.9.2015 00:18
This mosaic of St Matthew, patron saint of the cathedral in Washington DC, is behind the High Altar. It shows the saint with the angel (or winged man), the symbolic attribute of this Evangelist. He holds the Gospel he wrote which carries the … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     21.9.2015 16:08
The month of September is devoted to Our Lady of Sorrows, and this is one of the bronze stations by Sylvia Nicolas of the Cross in the chapel of Providence College, RI.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     21.9.2015 12:07
Stained glass window by Sylvia Nicolas in the St Dominic chapel of Providence College, RI. Today, 18th September, is his feast day. Juan Macias was born on March 2, 1585 in a small village in southwestern Spain. His parents were poor farmers; both … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     21.9.2015 06:07
St Patrick's Church is the oldest parish in the Federal City of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1794 to minister to the needs of the stonemasons building the White House and the U.S. Capitol. On Thursday 24th September, Pope Francis will make a brief … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     21.9.2015 00:08
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LawrenceOP-Fan     20.9.2015 16:17
"‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     20.9.2015 12:07
The National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is ready to welcome Pope Francis next Wednesday when he comes to Washington D.C., and celebrates a Mass here, during which he will canonize Blessed Junípero Serra.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     20.9.2015 06:07
Inside the National Shrine in the late afternoon/early evening. I love how the light from stained glass windows falls on the shiny marble surfaces.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     20.9.2015 00:07
Of all the chapels I've seen this must be one of my favourite. Yesterday, a Mass was celebrated in the National Shrine at the start of the Dominican Vocations Discernment Weekend. It seemed fitting as she is Mother of the Americas, and of the New … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     19.9.2015 16:08
The white Host, the most pure Body of Christ who took flesh in and from the Immaculate Virgin Mary, and made present for us in the Holy Eucharist: what could be more sublime!
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LawrenceOP-Fan     19.9.2015 12:17
Gathered around the Altar in the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the National Shrine, the saints on the mosaic-covered walls and the people below make visible the Communion of Saints; we're gathered into the One Body of Christ through the Holy … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     19.9.2015 06:08
Carved detail from the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     19.9.2015 00:07
St Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine is often depicted holding a cross because tradition maintains she found the true cross in Jerusalem. Around 326, the Emperor Constantine wrote to St Macarius, Bishop of Jerusalem, ordering him to make a … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     18.9.2015 16:07
In thanksgiving to God for his mercies and graces to me, his unworthy servant. On 17th September 2011, I was ordained by Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin C.Ss.R to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ in the Priory Church of the Holy Spirit, Oxford.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     18.9.2015 12:07
Post-ordination photo with a painting of my patron saint, Lawrence Ruiz of Manila made by a talented young Filipino artist.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     18.9.2015 06:17
First blessings and greetings after the Ordination Mass on 17th September 2011.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     18.9.2015 00:07
"Then Jesus said to his disciples, If any one desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." – Matt 16:24. These wooden crosses were carved by Rover Scouts of Europe during our Summer Camp in Inverness in … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     17.9.2015 16:07
"Tree, which solely wast found worthy the world's Victim to sustain; Harbour from the raging tempest! Ark, that saved the world again! Tree, with sacred blood anointed of the Lamb for sinners slain." – from the hymn 'Pange Lingua' by Venantius … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     17.9.2015 12:07
From the ceiling of the Holy Rosary church in Baltimore, MD.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     17.9.2015 06:07
Holy Rosary church in Baltimore, MD is the Archdiocesan Shrine for Divine Mercy. The dedication of the Divine Mercy Shrine occurred on the first feast day of St Faustina Kowalska. Notably, Pope John Paul II (who was then Karol Cardinal Wojtyla) … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     17.9.2015 00:17
The Holy Rosary Church was established to serve the needs of the burgeoning Polish community in Baltimore. The parish was established in 1887, though the present church was built from 1927-1928.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     16.9.2015 16:07
"You placed the salvation of the human race on the wood of the Cross, so that, where death arose, life might again spring forth and the evil one, who conquered on a tree, might likewise on a tree be conquered, through Christ our Lord" - from the … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     16.9.2015 12:07
"We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee, who by Thy Holy Cross hast redeemed the world!" This Rood scene is in Mdina Cathedral in Malta, and today is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     16.9.2015 06:07
"O Holy Virgin, in the midst of all your glory, we ask you not to forget the sorrows of this world. Cast a look of pity upon all who struggle against life's difficulties, and who cease not to feel all its bitterness. Have pity on all who have been … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     16.9.2015 00:08
"Holy Mother! pierce me through, in my heart each wound renew of my Saviour crucified: Let me share with thee His pain, who for all my sins was slain, who for me in torments died. Let me mingle tears with thee, mourning Him who mourned for me, all … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     15.9.2015 16:17
"Rejoice, grief-stricken Mother, for now you share the triumph of your Son. Enthroned in heavenly splendour, you reign as queen of all creation." – Benedictus antiphon for today's feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This chapel, which is dedicated to the … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     14.9.2015 00:18
The main entrance to the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC is framed by a towering archway, which is a sign of entry and welcome as well as a sign of sanctuary and refuge.
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LawrenceOP-Fan     13.9.2015 16:09
The main altar is a modified reproduction of the main altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The original was an 1895 creation gathering a series of bronzes by the 15th Century Florentine artist Donatello. The altar is composed of 15 … [More]
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LawrenceOP-Fan     13.9.2015 12:08
This magnificent neo-Renaissance Church in Baltimore was built under the direction of the second Franciscan Pastor, Benedict Przemielewski OFM Conv., by Palmer, Willis, and Lamdin, and dedicated in 1926. It measures 225 by 75 feet, with a seating … [More]
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